Mixed feeling for Moyes as ruthless Reds’ class shows

West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool – Reaction

DAVID MOYES recognised the improvement in his West Ham United but was ultimately left frustrated as Liverpool won by two unanswered goals at the London Stadium.

Issa Diop’s clumsy challenge on Divok Origi allowed Mohamed Salah the opportunity to open the scoring for the Merseysiders from the penalty spot. Then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added a second after the Reds had broken swiftly after clearing their lines following a West Ham corner.

“I thought the players did a good job defensively,” the Scotsman explained.

“Especially giving a debut to a young right-back as well. Look, we were playing against a really good team, we made opportunities, more in the second half and gave us some chances.

“Overall, pleased with the performance up against a tough team, we are a bit limited to what we can do as well so we made the most of what we could.”

But the manner of the Liverpool goals left Moyes disappointed: “Of course we have talked about the speed of the counter-attack,” he continued.

“More importantly, we talked about not putting the ball near Van Dijk’s head because he heads the corners out.

“That was probably the biggest thing, we really didn’t want to get the ball near Van Dijk and he was the one who headed it away and they break from it.

“Everyone knows about Salah and the speed they have got. So that was disappointing.

“To lose the goal to the penalty in the first half was bad enough and then the counter-attack too at a time when we were growing into the game a little bit as well.”

Manuel Lanzini again struggled to replicate his form of old, resulting in a section of the crowd cheering his second-half substitution: “My thought is he is arguably one of our best players, if not our best player,” the Hammers boss stated.

“When I was here before I needed him as much as I needed Marko Arnautovic.

“He was such a good player for us and I am desperate to get him back to the levels he was at. I trust him, I believe he can get back to those levels. He has had a bad injury and what I need the supporters to be right behind him because we need him.

“At the moment he is our flair, he is our person that might make the difference. What he needs is support but I also need him to make sure he does the right things as well. There is nobody more behind him than me.”

Moyes spoke enthusiastically about debutant, Jeremy Ngakia: “I thought he done great. After the opening ten minutes, I think you get shocked a wee bit by the strength and the speed. After that, he grew into it and did a lot of good things.”

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Brian Jeeves

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